The Mother of Invention?
Editor | On 31, Jul 2008
Cass PursellI’m new to working in Supply Chain and am finding it extremely interesting, challenging, and critical to the long-term success of the organization. One thing that I’ve noticed in particular is that, more than for any other business function, logistics conditions around the world are hugely variable and can be rather brutal. What seems to happen in most cases is that the difficult conditions lead inevitably to creative logistics solutions. This observation corroborates one of my favorite pet innovation theses: that a lack of resources can actually lead to innovation.
A few examples of this phenomenon from around the world:
Can organizations somehow tap into this tendency? I know my bosses have historically exhorted me to do more with less – it never occurred to me that they may have been trying to drive improved innovation.